We’ve got some more directional light this week, also from a window. This time, however, I closed all the windows in this room and only slightly cracked open one to the front-left of my boy (left of the bed in the pictures). The fun thing about window light is the strong fall-off. The light really close to the window is very strong but it gets dark very quickly. This is called the Inverse Square Law for those photography theory nerds. 🙂 It works really well to isolate the subject in a busy setting (like a cluttered bedroom). While he’s nice and bright, all the clutter behind him is in the shadows (and out of focus).
In addition to illuminating a subject, light can be used to create interest. Continuing this week’s focus on directional light, I looked around our home for some softer light to play with. The kids and I finally found some in our bathroom. Too bad it’s such an unsafe place for kids to play because the light there is always gorgeous! 🙂 Here is us having some fun with the shower curtain as afternoon light pours in the window.
This year is all about light. Photography is about harnessing light and shadow to convey feelings or represent reality (or fantasy). What I learned during last year’s photo-a-week project is that if I want to grow as a photographer than I must learn all about different types and quality of light and how to manipulate light for my intended photographic vision. This month I’m focusing on directional light. Directional light is simply light that is stronger on one side of the subject than the other. This could be light coming from the side of the subject, the top, even the back. The purpose of directional light is about creating interest using the light and shadows created by the strong light. The images below would not have had the same pull or interest if the light was flat throughout the entire image. It’s the play between the shadows and the highlights that draw your eye to my daughter’s cute face.
This week I focused on side light. I had my daughter sit about 2 feet from the window so I could get some bright light on her left side and dark shadows on her right.
Hopes and dreams (and caffeine)
Goodbye 2013. My little family made lots of great memories and I hope to continue trying to capture them on camera in 2014.
I’ve shared a few of these images elsewhere, but I wanted to share all of my favorites. I got to meet the lovely Candice a few months ago when I asked on a local photographer’s facebook group if anyone wanted to swap family sessions. Candice quickly volunteered and we got to planning. She took some beautiful photos of my family and I was excited (and nervous) to swap places. Well, her family is just so gorgeous and sweet that every frame was a keeper. So, here’s my massive share. I hope you enjoy your photos Candice! I’ll be your photographer anytime!
I was at my boy’s preschool last week for his 3rd (!!!) birthday celebration. While the kids were out playing, I was able to capture a few pictures of his wonderful room. I wish I were in preschool sometimes just so I could play in that room and hide in that burrow. I get giddy just looking at the amazing organization, the labeled buckets of toys and craft stuff everywhere. What wonderful classroom organization! I want to live there!
Also, Happy Birthday little man!